Gerald Moore Award

The Gerald Moore Award is a biennial competition for piano accompanists of the song repertoire. It was founded by Graham Johnson in 1992 in memory of the late great Gerald Moore, an iconic figure in the world of accompanists during the 20th century, and made possible through the generosity of the accompanist's widow, Mrs Enid Moore.

The profession of concert accompanist was irrevocably changed by the advent of Gerald Moore on the musical scene. His charm and legendary sense of humour were firmly under-pinned by a sense of proportion and fair play which never allowed the more temperamental among his singing colleagues to gain a selfishly deployed upper hand. He was shaped as an artist by his collaboration with many of the great singers of his generation, including John Coates, Elena Gerhardt, Elizabeth Schumann, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Angeles, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and the great Kathleen Ferrier. His recordings with artists like Peter Dawson and John McCormack gave his fame a considerable popular base. His memoirs Am I Too Loud (a rhetorical question unnecessary from one so well balanced) was a resounding success worldwide.

The Gerald Moore Award is open to nominated candidates from the major UK conservatoires plus a small number of independent candidates, selected on the strength of their paper applications. Candidates must be under the age of 29 at the time of the auditions and must be residing or studying full-time in the UK. They are asked to choose a singer and devise an audition programme which will show that voice to its best advantage whilst allowing the piano part to demonstrate their own talent.

Next competition


PRIZE MONEY Thanks to a generous donation, the level of the prizes in 2018 has been raised to


The next competition will be held on THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018. Auditions will take place all day at Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, London SE1 4HU. Details of regulations and entry forms can be obtained by clicking on the links below or alternatively, by applying to the administrator Katie Avey on

Entry requirements and audition details

Application form

2016 Winner


Singer's Award: James Newby

2016 winner: DYLAN PEREZ

Past winners of the GMA competition:

1992 Andrew West
1993 Andrew Noble
1994 Suzie Allen
1996 Hazel Ramsay / Alexander Schultz
1998 Christopher Gould
2000 Simon Lepper
2002 Christopher Glynn / Laetitia Fédérici
2004 John Reid
2006 François Salignat
2008 William Vann
2010 Timothy End
2012 Finnegan Downie Dear / Ian Tindale
2014 Somi Kim / Panaretos Kyriatzidis

Past winners of the singer's award:

Ian Bostridge, Anna Devin, Marcus Farnsworth, Anna Goodhew,
Anna Grevelius, Martin Hässler, Ruby Hughes, Ben Johnson,
Katarina Karneus, Sophie Karthäuser, David Mattison,
Turid Moberg, James Newby, Daniel Norman, Marianne Vidal

Registered charity no 1001457
Honorary President David Moore
Trustees Wendy Pyatt, Paul Strang